Gabe Rivera

15-5 Pecan - Head Coach


Coach Fun Facts

  • Enjoys woodworking in his free-time
  • Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving
  • Drove 12 hours through the night to play in a tournament
  • Favorite TV shows is House
  • Has two dogs – Bonnie and Chunka

USAV Nationals – Silver Medal (2022-2023)

Coach Bio

This season (2024-2025) Gabe Rivera is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s fifth 15s team – 15-5 Pecan and assistant coach for Roots Volleyball’s second 17s team – 17-2 Blue.

Last season (2023-2024) Gabe assisted 17-2 Blue who had their strongest showing at Lone Star Regionals with a 5th place finish. The previous season (2022-2023), Gabe served as the assistant coach of 181 Green and led his team to a 2nd place finish in Columbus, OH at USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals (Liberty division). Additionally, he led his team to a 3rd place finish at AVC 18’s National Qualifier and a 2nd place finish at Music City Volleyball Championships, where they qualified for the national tournament.

Previously (2021-2022), Gabe was the head coach for 16UA Blue and head coach for 17 Hickory. The previous season (2020-2021) he was the head coach for 16 Maple. In 2019-2020, Gabe served as the head coach for 15 HCI Black and the head coach for 12 HCI White. Previously (2018-2019), he was the head coach for 16 Under Armour. For the 2017-2018 Gabe served as the head coach for 16 HCI Under Armour and head coach for 15 HCI Black. The previous season (2016-2017), Rivera served as the head coach of 15 HCI Black, assistant coach for 17 Under Armour, and assistant coach for 14 HCI Grey. 17 Under Armour finished out their season with a top 25 finish at AAU Junior Nationals (Premier division).

Rivera came to Roots Volleyball with 4 years of collegiate coaching experience. He assisted on both the men and women’s volleyball teams at Baruch College (DIII) in New York City, NY. His teams won a collective 4 conference titles and advanced as far as the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Championship. Among Rivera’s former athletes are two All-Americans and a libero currently playing professional volleyball in Japan.

As an outside hitter/opposite, Rivera was a 3-year starter at Baruch College. His team reached the Division III Final Four in 2013. While at Baruch College he captured 3 conference titles, Regional and Conference All-Tournament Team awards, and was named team captain his senior year. He was coached by and worked closely with professional players from Puerto Rico, South America, France, Italy, and Russia. Rivera was a freshman redshirt for Mercy Hurst College (DII). Born and raised in New York, Rivera played 3 years of club with Long Island Volleyball Club (LIVBC). He is actively playing and continues to participate in USAV tournaments and the annual USAV Men’s National Championship.

Gabe served two seasons as the Director of Volleyball at Hill Country Indoor (HCI) and two season as the Roots Volleyball Recruiting Coordinator. He also provides private lesson training, which continues to strengthen our overall program. Gabe resides in Austin with his dogs, Chunka and Bonnie. This is Gabe’s 8th season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.